Roseville Community Schools dedicates auditorium to longtime band director

By: Bria Brown | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published November 20, 2017

 Mike, left, poses with his wife, Adela, under the sign for the newly dedicated auditorium. Mike served 37 years as band director in Roseville from 1949 to 1986.

Mike, left, poses with his wife, Adela, under the sign for the newly dedicated auditorium. Mike served 37 years as band director in Roseville from 1949 to 1986.

Photo by Donna Agusti

 Margie (Snell) Frazier, of Waterford, left, and Jim Sutton, of Sylvan Lake, both from the class of 1958, share laughs with Seraphime Mike before Roseville Community Schools dedicated the Roseville Middle School auditorium to the former band director Nov. 13.

Margie (Snell) Frazier, of Waterford, left, and Jim Sutton, of Sylvan Lake, both from the class of 1958, share laughs with Seraphime Mike before Roseville Community Schools dedicated the Roseville Middle School auditorium to the former band director Nov. 13.

Photo by Donna Agusti

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ROSEVILLE — Roseville High School and Brablec High School alumni filled Roseville Middle School’s auditorium Nov. 13 to dedicate the auditorium in honor of Seraphime Mike’s 37-year career as band director.

The auditorium is now known as the Seraphime Mike Auditorium, and a framed photo and plaque now reside on the wall outside one of the auditorium’s doors.

Mike’s career spanned 1949-1986, and a highlight of his career was the summer of 1972, when he took the Roseville High School band to perform at the International Music Festival in Vienna, Austria, according to the dedication program. 

Roseville Superintendent John Kment opened the dedication by telling the audience that he worked with Mike as a teacher and administrator. Kment said that when he was approached about dedicating the auditorium, it “streamed goose pimples” across the back of his neck. 

“He’s not just a superman; he’s a living legend,” Kment said. 

“It really is a great privilege to know you, it’s a great privilege to say that you’re a friend. Thank you very much for what you’ve done for the young people, and some of us who are senior people right now,” he continued. 

Board of Education President Theresa Genest said Kment went before the board about the dedication.  

“Most of us on this board weren’t around when you were teaching, and some of us got on right after. But, if we didn’t know you, we knew the stories from Mr. Kment,” said Genest. 

“When he came to us about dedicating this auditorium to you, it was no doubt about it. You got a unanimous vote. We are very honored to do this for you tonight,” she added.  

Don Dougherty, class of 1975, who helped put the event together, said Mike contributed to his life. 

Dougherty said Mike made students show up at least 30 minutes prior to a performance when Dougherty was in the band. 

“As we learned to become musicians, we more importantly learned to become responsible adults,” said Dougherty. 

James Barry, class of 1969, said he was going to go into engineering but decided to become a band director after being inspired by Mike. 

“I called my mom and said, ‘I want to be a band director.’ I’d never talked about it before; I’d never even thought about it. I was going into engineering. I didn’t know then, but I know now it was because of being inspired by Seraphime Mike,” said Barry.  

Before the unveiling of the framed photo and plaque outside the auditorium, the guest of honor thanked everyone for their “kind words,” and he thanked his wife, Adela. 

“Talking about people, I’d like to express my gratitude to a good companion, a good friend who’s helped me so much. She’s steered me in the right direction — many times, I would like to do something, and she would say, ‘No, I don’t think that’s right’ — and she was right, most of the time,” he said. 

“I can’t say enough. I’m still up in the clouds regarding this dedication. This is just great. It’s wonderful, and I want to thank all of you for being here helping to celebrate,” he said. 

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